The Cincinnati Reds have added more Minor League free agents. Baseball America has a list of the recently signed free agents and there are two names listed that I haven’t written about. The Reds signed left handed pitcher Kevin Canelon and outfielder Jared Mitchell, among a group of others that have already been covered.

Kevin Canelon is an interesting pick up. He will turn 24-years-old in January and has never pitched above Advanced-A. Still, in 2017 he was quite successful for the St. Lucie Mets, who play in the same league as the Daytona Tortugas. He spent time in both the rotation and the bullpen, making 10 starts and 22 relief appearances. That time came with a 2.97 ERA in 78.2 innings with just 16 walks and 78 strikeouts.

The Venezuelan native showed off reverse splits in 2017. The left hander held right handed hitters to a .673 OPS with nine walks and 48 strikeouts in 217 plate appearances. Left handed hitters had an .830 OPS against him, though he had seven walks and 30 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances. In 2016 he also showed reverse splits.

Canelon has been pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason. Most of his time has come against right handed hitters out of the bullpen. He’s made eight appearances and thrown just 5.0 innings. In that time he’s given up just one run, walked no one and he’s struck out three batters for Tiburones de La Guaira.

The other free agent signing that hasn’t been covered is of Jared Mitchell. The outfielder was the 23rd overall pick in 2009 by the White Sox. There was a time when he was one of the top prospects in baseball, ranking inside the Top 100 early in his professional career. He had a strong debut in 2009 with Kannapolis, but he missed the next season with an ankle injury. Mitchell never seemed to recover from that to his former prospect value days.

What has plagued him over the years is the strikeout. In 2535 career minor league plate appearances he’s racked up 823 strikeouts. That’s 32% of the time. Mitchell last played affiliated ball in 2016 when he was with the Yankees in Double-A for 20 games. After his release he played for two different independent league teams, and returned to indy ball in 2017. With York in the Atlantic League he hit .295/.380/.489 in 122 games. He showed off some pop, smacking 34 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. The strikeouts, however, also piled up. He had 122 strikeouts in 492 plate appearances, which is a 25% strikeout rate.


6 Responses

  1. Wes

    MK, I’m 37 growing up in Louisville area we prided ourselves on being an arts town. When sports got Yuge we realized there was more money and community rallying around quality sport teams vs art fairs and the city ran w it. I hate the courier journal but that article Doug posted a couple weeks back was spot on. The town demands a winner! Especially when Louisville is awarded best minor league ball park every year.

    Not sure how signing a plethora of mid 20s minor leaguers help the reds when they are so deep and so young anyway. I see these signings as a sign to Louisville to make the bats great again ; )

    Bats win and the city shows up! They are dying to rally behind a team with university facing its issues. I see these guys being added to improve bats first. Anyway, glad to see them signing potential.

  2. Steve

    Mitchell seems like Hunter and Landry signings of 2017. Half a season and he will be released.

    • Barry

      Don’t see it this way at all. He’s gotten increasingly better in recent years.

  3. The Duke

    AA swingman and AAA outfield depth. We’ll likely need both even if we’re relatively healthy. Solid org filler signings.